'My Brilliant Friend': New Italian series by HBO leaves fans impatient for next episode
With just two episodes aired so far, viewers of this intimate and fearless drama are already hooked and cannot wait for the next episode of the eight-part miniseries to air
'My Brilliant Friend'/'L’amica geniale' is HBO's new Italian series based out of Elena Ferrante's best-selling novel. In the series, we witness two girls, Elena Greco, and Raffaella Cerullo, who grow up in a working-class neighborhood in a small, rustic town situated away from the city, near Naples.
One day, Cerullo, an important person in Greco's life, disappears and is nowhere to be found. An older Greco narrates the story of her friendship with Cerullo, whom she used to call Lila. The story covers their lives from the age of 6 to 66.
With just two episodes aired so far, viewers of this intimate and fearless drama are already hooked and cannot wait for the next episode of the eight-part miniseries to air. "MY BRILLIANT FRIEND IS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. Wow. They seriously did it up proper. Can’t wait for the rest of the series to be released!!," stated one fan.
While another fan, who has not read the books, but watched the episodes stated: "Consider me glued to the tube on Sun/Mon evenings for HBO’s #MyBrilliantFriend. I have not read Elena Ferrante’s novel, but director Saverio Costanzo has me invested in watching Elena and Lila journey from girlhood to women. Max (The Leftovers) Richter’s score is super emotional."
Yet another viewer, who had not read the book also said, "#MyBrilliantFriend is great after 1 ep. I never read the books, but the show just feels right. The actresses playing the girls are likable, the Italian subtitles help the vibe, and it just feels authentic. I had never heard of the show until reviews but color me impressed @HBO."
And, the fans who have already read the book are loving the series even more. "Watching #MyBrilliantFriend is as if I'm watching and reliving my own childhood. Loved the books, and I'm loving the episode just as much," said one fan. While another added, "The relief when you love a book and the TV adaptation turns out to be wonderful #MyBrilliantFriend @HBO @skyatlantic."
My Brilliant Friend is really coming to HBO and my body is not ready. Ferrante is the best to ever do it. She really shook my whole worldview up with this. A monumental talent— Josh Hamilton (@sheas_slap_shot) November 16, 2018
With barely four days left for episode 3 to air, HBO released a small preview. It revealed how they grow apart, especially now, with boys trying to gain their attention. Sunday's episode is surely going to be one to look out for. With Greco turning more beautiful as days pass along and Cerullo, who turns braver than before, this show is going to have us glued to our seats every time it airs.
'My Brilliant Friend' airs on HBO. Check your local listings for more information.
Watch the preview to episode 3 of 'My Brilliant Friend' here.